- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Canada; Vintage Canada ed., 2000 edition (May 9 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0676972640
- ISBN-13: 978-0676972641
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 839 g
- Average Customer Review: 99 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ground Beneath Her Feet Paperback – May 9 2000
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"From start to finish, this massive novel is in every way major.... The writing is funny, silly, erudite, crude, precise, unbuttoned. The fabulous and magical mix with the sordid and the profane.... Daring.... Extraordinary." The Gazette (Montreal)
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"Dazzling--a wonderfully imagined and abundant novel about love and rock 'n' roll, about India and the United States, about gods and mortals, and about this crazy world we live in.-- Sheer joy." -M.G. Vassanji, The Globe and Mail
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"This is Rushdie at his absolute, almost insolently global best -- his adroit mastery of language serves brilliantly imagined characters and a mesmerizing narrative. Completely seductive." -Toni Morrison
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"Brilliant...unabashedly ambitious, playful, arch." -The Toronto Star
"From start to finish, this massive novel is in every way major.--The writing is funny, silly, erudite, crude, precise, unbuttoned.--The fabulous and magical mix with the sordid and the profane; [the] plot is invariably advanced by catastrophe -- bizarre deaths and unexplained fires, multiple earthquakes.--Daring-- Extraordinary." -The Montreal Gazette
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At times the author patronizes both the reader and his characters: "Doorman Shetty doesn't know it, but he's echoing Plato. This is what the great philosopher has Phaedrus say in the Symposiums's first speech about love...." Two pages of philosophy follow.
In the conclusion of the book, when it is necessary to tie up the loose ends, the author devotes many pages to "telling about" the action, rather than recreating it and allowing the reader to draw his/her own conclusions. In case we have missed the many parallels he has made between his characters and the classical myths, he summarizes them for us. In the final two chapters, he also shifts the focus, startlingly, to the narrator, rather than keeping it on the two characters who have been the center(s) of the novel. And even on the last page, the author feels it necessary to explain, even providing us with the unifying theme of the book, should we need it: "In my lifetime, the love of Ormus and Vina is as close as I've come to a knowledge of the mythic, the overweening, the divine. Now that they've gone, the high drama's over. What remains is ordinary human life." The delights of this book, and there are many, are so deeply hidden in verbiage and in the exaltation of theme that this reader, at least, got tired of the shrieking and longed for a simple song.
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